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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Brook
A natural stream of water smaller than a river or creek.

Etymology: OE. brok broke brook, AS. brōc; akin to D. broek, LG. brōk, marshy ground, OHG. pruoh, G. bruch marsh; prob. fr. the root of E. break, so as that it signifies water breaking through the earth, a spring or brook, as well as a marsh. See Break (v. t.)

verb Brook
Senses
  1. To use; to enjoy.(Obs)
  2. To bear; to endure; to put up with; to tolerate; as, young men can not brook restraint."Shall we, who could not brook one lord, Crouch to the wicked ten?" [Macaulay.]
  3. To deserve; to earn.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. broken bruken, to use, enjoy, digest, AS. br�can; akin to D. gebruiken to use, OHG. pr�hhan, G. brauchen gebrauchen, Icel. br�ka, Goth. br�kjan, and L. frui, to enjoy. Cf. Fruit Broker

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  1. A natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)
  2. Put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ for someone living by a brook.
  2. A surname​, a transliteration and normalization of Hebrew ברך (barúkh, “blessed”).
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name of modern usage; more often spelled Brooke.

Brook was also found in the following language(s): German Low German

Notable Persons Named Brook

Brook Lopez is a basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2008. Brook was born on April 1st, 1988 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles.

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Diablo Cody is a screenwriter, tv producer, film producer, film director, author, journalist, memoirist, stripper, exotic dancer, blogger, memoir, striptease, and blog. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Diablo was given the name Brook Busey on June 14th, 1978 in Lemont, Illinois, United States. Diablo is also known as Brook Maurio.

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She holds the title Miss Hawaii USA 1997, Miss USA 1997, Miss Universe 1997, and Miss Hawaii USA. Brook was given the name Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee on January 8th, 1971 in Pearl City, Hawaii.

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Brook Benton was a pop, r&b, soul, pop music, rhythm, and blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Brook was given the name Benjamin Franklin Peay on September 19th, 1931 in Lugoff, South Carolina, United States. He died on April 9th, 1988.

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Brook Taylor was a scientist in the field of mathematician. Brook was born on August 18th, 1685 in Edmonton, Middlesex, England. He breathed his last breath on December 29th, 1731.

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Brook was given the name Brook Warren Berringer on July 9th, 1973 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He passed away on April 18th, 1996.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Brook

Kelly Brook is a model. Kelly was given the name Kelly Ann Parsons on November 23rd, 1979 in Rochester, Kent, England, UK.

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Kell was born on May 3rd, 1986 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

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Peter Brook is a director. Peter was born on March 21st, 1925 in Chiswick, London, England.

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Jayne Brook is an actress. She was most prominent from 1987 to present. Jayne was given the name Jane Anderson on September 16th, 1960 in Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.

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Yaron Brook is an executive director of ayn rand institute, ayn rand institute, and executive director ofayn rand institute. Yaron was born on May 23rd, 1961 in Israel.

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Michael Brook is an ambient music, world music, new-age music, experimental music, and soundtrack musician, inventor, film score composer, invention, and film score. He plays Guitar, Infinite Guitar, Music sequencer, Keyboard instrument, Bass guitar, Djembe, Surdo, and Percussion instrument.

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How popular is the baby name Brook in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 5 0 5
1916 6 0 6
1918 6 0 6
1929 6 0 6
1931 5 5 0
1932 8 0 8
1935 9 0 9
1937 6 0 6
1938 6 0 6
1939 7 0 7
1940 5 0 5
1941 10 0 10
1943 8 0 8
1944 7 7 0
1945 10 0 10
1946 7 0 7
1947 12 0 12
1948 12 7 5
1949 24 11 13
1950 19 9 10
1951 18 8 10
1952 22 9 13
1953 21 10 11
1954 27 13 14
1955 33 15 18
1956 36 14 22
1957 30 6 24
1958 23 8 15
1959 46 15 31
1960 51 12 39
1961 160 23 137
1962 105 18 87
1963 101 20 81
1964 89 26 63
1965 73 25 48
1966 118 55 63
1967 89 38 51
1968 119 53 66
1969 112 38 74
1970 187 75 112
1971 226 108 118
1972 217 131 86
1973 206 134 72
1974 258 163 95
1975 269 173 96
1976 345 242 103
1977 350 258 92
1978 326 261 65
1979 402 311 91
1980 496 405 91
1981 434 369 65
1982 321 259 62
1983 222 157 65
1984 231 173 58
1985 213 162 51
1986 203 151 52
1987 202 157 45
1988 248 195 53
1989 266 214 52
1990 278 225 53
1991 294 236 58
1992 351 312 39
1993 385 338 47
1994 394 345 49
1995 368 330 38
1996 352 311 41
1997 334 287 47
1998 367 342 25
1999 305 283 22
2000 312 279 33
2001 270 252 18
2002 212 194 18
2003 256 243 13
2004 205 183 22
2005 204 185 19
2006 212 195 17
2007 233 212 21
2008 187 168 19
2009 153 139 14
2010 136 114 22
2011 142 125 17
2012 137 119 18
2013 119 103 16
2014 76 61 15
2015 84 71 13
2016 95 83 12
2017 71 57 14

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Popularity of Brook as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Brook U.S.
  White 82.92% 64.26%
  African American 11.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.61% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Brook

People with the last name Brook are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Brook

  • How Popular is the name Brook? Brook is the 2,111th most popular name of all time. As a last name Brook was the 7,240th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Brook have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13,605 babies born with the first name Brook in the United States. That's more than enough people named Brook to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Brook? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Brook first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Brook is Monday, January 29th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Brook born? The highest recorded use of the first name Brook was in 1980 with a total of 405 babies.
  • Random Brook Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Brook is not a popular baby girl's name in Iowa. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Brook: Your name in reverse order is Koorb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Kboro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Brook? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,607 people with the last name Brook.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Brook? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Brook as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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